The Popel Shaw Center hosts and sponsors a variety of programs and events annually including scholarly lectures, cultural celebrations, campus dialogues, educational workshops, and student centered activities. Please email psc@dickinson.edu to learn more about events. We also welcome you join the PSC’s social media sites or log on to the PSC’s Engaged page for regular updates. The Center’s events can also be found on Dickinson Today and the events Calendar.

Fall 2019:

SEPTEMBER
9/5-Esther Popel Shaw 100th graduation anniversary & Popel Shaw Center 5th anniversary celebration reception

Social Hall East, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

The PSC commemorates the 100 year anniversary of Esther Popel (Shaw’s) graduation from Dickinson College and the fifth year since the Popel Shaw Center’s founding at this festive community reception. The reception space will feature a range of visual displays. Our program will include remarks from various community members, a short presentation on the Center’s history, the introduction of our new Assistant Director, Christian Perry, and more!

The festivities will be accompanied by sweet treats, champagne, and other sparkling beverages.

9/16-Chavela film screening
Althouse 106, 6:30 p.m.

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  

(Co-sponsors: The Office of LGBTQ Services; the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; the Women’s & Gender Resource Center; the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department; and the Sociology Department) 

9/21-2019 Latinx Gala
Social Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Kick off Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) at 2019’s Latinx Gala. The Gala will feature a keynote speech from Valeria Carranza (‘09), a variety of performances, dancing, a raffle, and a delicious catered buffet. A family-friendly event for all!

(Co-sponsors: The Popel Shaw Center [PSC], Latin American, Latino and Caribbean studies, [LALC], Spanish & Portuguese, and the Center for Global Study & Engagement [CGSE])

23-27: Campus Inclusion Week (various co-sponsors)

9/25: Multiracial Mixer #1
Landis House, 6-7 p.m.

The Multiracial Mixer provides a space for biracial and multiracial community members to share, connect and discuss. Come for delicious food and great discussion!  


OCTOBER
10/1: Did you really just say that? student training
Althouse 109, 5-6:15 p.m.

Have you ever felt paralyzed or frustrated when someone has said or done something that felt culturally insensitive? Have you ever felt that you were being insensitive? The Popel Shaw Center is offering an opportunity for students to develop their ability to respond to interpersonal cultural conflicts productively in this interactive and informative workshop. The workshop is for 25 people maximum. Students must pre-register to participate. Please register by Wednesday, September 25. This workshop is open to all students and fulfills the first-year diversity & inclusion requirement. Please pre-register on EngageD. 

10/5: Inclusive Leadership Student Training Retreat
Carlisle Comfort Inn & Suites. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student leaders, club officers, and student employees are invited to register for the fall 2019 Inclusive Leadership Student Retreat. The Training is a Saturday workshop that aspires to helps student employees, leaders and volunteers develop greater cultural understandings of themselves, the Dickinson community, and national social patterns impacting life at Dickinson. You will emerge from the training as cultural ambassadors who can translate elements of the training into clubs, work environments and other spaces. Since Fall 2016, 108 members representing 30 clubs, departments, offices and teams have participated and many transformed their organizations.

2-5 representatives from a student organization, office and/or team can participate. Please pre-register on EngageD by Monday, October 1 (Co-sponsored with SLCE)  

10/7: More than Words: LGBTQ language program
Allison Community Room, 3-4:30 p.m.

What is the difference between transgender and transsexual? Why do gender pronouns matter? What’s the difference between bisexual and pansexual?  October’s More than Words program will offer a range of engaging activities focused on exploring contemporary understandings of LGBTQ+ identities with an emphasis on controversies around language. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

More than Words is an opportunity for Dickinson community members to converse with each other in an open, welcoming, and educational space about the way we communicate with each other on campus.

Faculty & Staff please pre- register on Totara by Monday, September 30.
Student please pre-register on EngageD by Monday, September 30.

(Co-sponsored by the Bias Education & Response Team, LGBTQ Services, PSC & WGRC)

10/10: Johanna Toruno lecture
Weiss 235, 7:00 p.m.

Johanna Toruno, a queer Salvadorn-born artist, is the creator of The Unapologetic Street Series, which concentrates on the importance of highlighting queer folks of color through public art and the importance of public space. Toruno will discuss this unique project, and connections between identity, activism and art.

(Hosted by the Women’s and Gender Resource Center and cosponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity; the Office of LGBTQ Services; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Spanish and Portuguese; Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies; American Studies, and Art and Art History) A Latinx Heritage Month Program.

10/11: PSC @ Out on Britton
Britton Plaza, 3-7 p.m.

The Popel Shaw Center is excited to host a table at the annual Out on Britton Plaza event celebrating National Coming Out month hosted by the Office of LGBTQ Services.

10/16: Did you really just say that? faculty & staff training (catered lunch included) (Faculty & Staff: Please register on Totara)

10/23: Multiracial Mixer #2
Landis House, 6-7 p.m.

The Multiracial Mixer provides a space for biracial and multiracial community members to share, connect and discuss. Come for delicious food and great discussion!

10/27-11/1: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD OFRENDA
Come visit the annual campus display commemorating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead) in Waidner-Spahr Library near the Circulation desk!  (co-sponsored by PSC, LALC, & Spanish & Portuguese)

10/29: How to be an Antiracist Reading and Discussion Group
Waidner-Spahr Library, 5-6:30 p.m.


NOVEMBER
11/7: More than Words: Indigenous Americans language
Social Hall East, 3-4:30 p.m.

First Nations? Indian? Indian American? Indigenous? Native? November’s More than Words program will offer a range of engaging activities focused on exploring historic and contemporary understandings of Native identity with an emphasis on controversies around language. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.

More than Words is an opportunity for Dickinson community members to converse with each other in an open, welcoming, and educational space about the way we communicate with each other on campus.

Faculty & Staff please pre- register on Totara by Monday, October 28.

Student please pre-register on EngageD by Monday, October 28.

(Co-sponsored by Bias Education & Response Team, American Studies, Anthropology/Archaeology, & the PSC)

11/12: Clarke Forum: “Cultural Politics of Taste: Mobility and Food Culture,” Dr. Krishnendu Ray
ATS, 7 p.m

11/19: Multiracial Mixer #3: Multicultural Food Mixer edition
Landis House, 6-7:30 p.m.

 If you love great food, good conversation, and meeting new people, you must attend the Multicultural Food Mixer! This event, sponsored by the PSC and Asbell Center for Jewish Life, features a diverse menu of American, Jewish, South Asian, and regional U.S. cuisine, and provides an opportunity to discuss diverse culinary traditions! There are 25 seats available so please RSVP through our poster on EngageD by Tuesday, November 12.


DECEMBER